Brazilian chicken meat exports, both fresh and processed, again recorded a monthly volume of more than 400,000 metric tons (MT). According to the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA), June shipments reached 411,900 MT, 4.1 percent higher than in the same period last year.

Good performance June helped the sector close the first half of 2016 with exports 13.86 percent higher than the first six months of 2015. Overall, this year almost 2.3 million MT were exported, about 276,000 MT more than the the previous year.

In foreign exchange earnings, the balance of the semester recorded a contraction of 1.24 percent, with a total of US$3.384 billion. In June, the decline was 3.4 percent, with US $662.3 million.

In Brazilian reals, the shipments behaved differently with positive results. In reals, there was an increase of 6.3 percent in June (with BRL2.267 billion) and 21.74 percent in the first half (with BRL12.444 billion).

"Once again, China was one of the great outstanding markets for the month, with export volume 72 percent higher than in June last year. Other countries in Asia, such as South Korea and Japan, also performed well, offsetting the slowdown in exports to the Middle East, which had a small decrease due to the Ramadan,” Francisco Turra, CEO of the ABPA, said.